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New Drug Stops Cell Death After Brain Injury, Heart Attack

A new drug could help everything from heart attacks to strokes to brain injury. It sounds too good to be true, but because all three diseases involve cell death, one pill could treat them all.

Traumatic brain injury occurs in two stages: the initial impact and later inflammation and swelling. During the second stage, portions of the brain swell to protect and heal the initial injury. But that pressure can cut off blood flow to nearby areas of the brain, causing more damage. This inflammation can last months or even years after the initial injury and can cause a condition called hypoxia.

Hypoxia is a lack of oxygen to the brain, which causes cell death. The lack of blood supply to the brain cells causes them to stop producing Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) – a molecule that allows the brain cells to release energy. Without the ATP, the brain cells die.

That’s where brain injury meets up with strokes and heart attacks, which also cut off ATP. But a new drug containing compounds with the very complex names of AGA(C8R)-HNG17 and AGA-HNG could help treat the lack of ATP. In a recent study involving mice, the HNG 17 compound reduced impairment following injury.

This drug, combined with others and carefully controlled exercise programs can reduce inflammation and prevent cell death. That can reduce the affect of second stage injuries for traumatic brain injury survivors and speed their recovery.

Brain injury, heart attack, and strokes all have one thing in common: cell death caused by hypoxia. But now relief is on the way through experimental drugs and treatments.

If you or someone you know have suffered an auto accident resulting in brain injury, you need cutting edge care to help you recover faster. The lawyers at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan can help you negotiate with your insurance company to get your treatment paid for, so you can focus on healing. Contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.